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1996 Jeep Wrangler Buggy: Sheep's Clothing

Posted in Project Vehicles on January 1, 1999
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Most of us believe that real Jeeps are built, not bought. When Shannon Campbell builds a Jeep, it turns out better than anything the factory comes up with, and, for all practical purposes, it's brand-new. Such is the case of this month's cover Jeep caught in the Arizona desert.

Starting with rectangular tubing and '96 Wrangler sheetmetal, Shannon crafted the frame to receive the GM drivetrain and an integral rollcage. The fenders are attached to the hood for easy servicing, and the body was heavily modified in many areas.

Shannon is a pioneer of the 3/4 elliptical spring design and drop buggy-leaf used for extreme articulation. His third iteration of a mango-pink cruiser came after selling his last one and building a family wagon for his burgeoning troop- but this one isn't to be abused hard or scratched up. Of course, it being a Jeep, it's bound to earn a few trophies and scars, regardless of the terrain.

The interior mods are clean and simple, with Beards seats and Simpson belts, and Autometer gauges set in a sleek dash panel. The Vintage Air A/C can really cool down the inside, especially when the hardtop and doors are installed. The inside of the tub is Rhino-lined for added insulation from the desert heat.
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